Online literary journals are abundant on the web, but for some reason can be difficult to find. I’ve gathered together in one place 10 links to different literary journals that have been featured in the last 3 months or so here at A Bunch of Wordz. These literary magazines often feature poetry, short stories, articles, nonfiction, book reviews, and more.
Readers will want to click on the main page, while links to the call for submission guidelines have also been provided for writers looking to submit their work.
To see even more online literary journals and submission guidelines, see my previous post Online Literary Journals 1.
I love traveling and travel poems and have written quite a few myself. Authors Den is a website where authors and poets can go to post their work, and readers can browse by subject, including travel poems.
I read through a few of the travel poems on the site today, and here are the beginnings of 5 of my favorites. You can click each title to read the entire poem or click on the author’s name to find out more about them.
1) Seattle by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A kaleidescope of umbrellas disembarked
Hovering above trench coats, uniform in tan and black,
Faces awakening to the day, shielded and mufflered;
Gray clouds, heavy as cement, obliterated expected signals of time
2) Haiku Journey by Gene Williamson
blurred in my train window
ancient cork trees
flight to malaga
the small plane so crowded
I have to stand
3) Athens After Dark also by Gene Williamson
By day we cruise the Aegean Sea,
with a short layover at Hydra, magic
isle where the only transport
is noisy mopeds and tired feet.
By night we relax over drinks
at a table in Constitution Square,
talking home with three hometown
sailors on leave from a cruiser
4) When There Are No Words by Brian M. Morrisey
It is 9:50 a.m. here in Changchun, China
in the distant light of mid-May
on a plane to Shenzhen
while everyone I know
sleeps nine hours behind me
along the abyss of California coastline
5) Typical British Weather Forecast by David M. Darbyshire
(A short, 4-line, funny poem. I’m not going to quote it because by the time I do, I will have re-published the entire poem. So, just click on the link to read it.)
If you want more, go to the travel poems category page at Authors Den. There doesn’t appear to be a screening process, but for a site that allows authors to post their own work, there is a surprisingly large amount of good poetry to be found here if you’re willing to sift through it.
I was glancing through my Robert Frost book the other night and came across this poem which seemed appropriate for a good winter-time post. It’s called Good Hours:
I had for my winter evening walk–
No one at all with whom to talk,
But I had the cottages in a row
Up to their shining eyes in snow.
And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces.
I had such company outward bound.
I went till there were no cottages found.
I turned and repented, but coming back
I saw no window but that was black.
Over the snow my creaking feet
Disturbed the slumbering village street
Like profanation, by your leave,
At ten o-clock of a winter eve.
Sunnispace has posted some excerpts from a book published in 1852 that she recently bought called Ladies’ Indispensable Assistant, which claimed to help women of the time with everything from caring for canary birds to curing cancer (a recipe which called for the patient to drink a concoction made from, among other things, the very poisonous plant, hemlock).
Here is the cure for deafness, according to the author:
Take ant’s eggs and onion juice, mix and drop into the ear; or, drop into the ear at night six or eight drops of warm chamber lye.
This becomes even more disturbing when you realize that “chamber lye” is actually urine.
Read the entire post titled Advice from the 1800’s at Sunnispace’s blog. It’s a very nice little blog, mostly about family life, and you can visit the homepage here.
Thea and Ana over at The Book Smuggler are having multiple contests this month where you can win free books. Most of the contests involve simply leaving a comment on their blog in order to be entered. For some weird reason, blog contest don’t usually get a lot of entrants, so if you want to win free stuff, this is the way to go.
Contest 1: The Book Smugglers are currently in cahoots with bestselling author, Nalini Singh, to give away two of her paranormal romance books, The Magical Christmas Cat and An Enchanted Season. Leave a comment on this post before Saturday, December 13th, at 11pm PST for your chance to win.
Contest 2: The Book Smugglers have also teamed up with Michael Stone to offer you a chance at your free copy of his book of four novellas of dark fantasy, Fourtold, as well as Graham Joyce’s Three Ways to Snog an Alien (funny excerpt from the description: “The 3 ways to snog an alien are: Don’t; Don’t; and, Don’t”). You’ll have to work a little harder for this one and leave a comment with a suggested title for the Irish-crime-with-a-fantasy-element anthology that Michael Stone is currently working on.
For your chance at a free copy of Fourtold and Three Ways to Snog an Alien, leave your comment on this post. And don’t worry — it appears that all commenters will be entered into the drawing, whether their suggested title is dripping with awesomeness or notsomuch. I’m not sure what the deadline is on this one, but it looks like the drawing will take place in the new year.
Keep checking The Book Smuggler for more contests throughout the month of December.
If you’re looking for low cost e-books, you’ve hit the jackpot. Manybooks.net offers e-books for as cheap as you can get them: for free. Here’s a list of things to help you navigate and find what you want on the site:
- In addition to the usual pre-copyright books (generally, published in 1923 or before), this site also offers free e-books that have been recently published. Use the Advanced Search feature to search for books by specific criteria, including the year of publication.
- Browse e-books by category and look through titles in the specific genre that interests you, including everything from audio e-books to science fiction e-books to cookbooks and poetry.
- You can also search e-books by author or title.
- There’s a huge choice of formats for your e-book download. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, there’s a list of formats with links to information about each one at the bottom of the About page. Just from a quick glance through, Plucker looks like a good choice for people who want to read their e-book on their Palm OS based handheld devices, Windows Mobile (PocketPC) devices and other handheld PDAs. And it’s free.
- If you think this is a great idea and you’d like to help, but you’re low on cash, consider becoming a volunteer e-book proofreader through the site, Distributed Proofreaders.
- If you’re an author and you’d like to distribute your book via manybooks.net, go to the author submission page to find out how.
If you want to try out a free e-book, but you’re still not sure what to get, here are the top 5 e-book downloads from the site last year:
Or go here to view the top 20 free e-book downloads from last year.
This huge and amazing site is all the work of one guy, Matthew McClintock, who donates his free time to keep this site running. If you use the site, or even if you don’t and you just think it’s a really cool idea, make a donation through your paypal or amazon.com account.
You know if you bookmark the site to donate to later, you’ll never do it, so go right now, and give the guy a couple of bucks. You’ll never miss $2, and you will have done your good deed for the day.
Bromance is a slang term increasing in popularity, but what exactly does it mean? Simon Dumenico wrote a funny article on bromance recently over at The Huffington Post. He describes bromance this way:
“Homosexuality, of course, used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name–until, thanks to the gayification of pop culture, it became the love that wouldn’t shut the hell up. Now the man crush (a heterosexual male’s feelings of platonic love for another man) and the bromance (when those feelings are reciprocated) are coming out of the closet in a major way.”
Click the link above for the full article.
If you’re still not sure what bromance is, I wrote this poem to explain it to you…
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
What is “bromance?”
You might say:
A love between two dudes
There’s no dating,
No holding hands;
Just drunk guys stating,
“I love you man.”
(You may reproduce this poem in part or whole, on or in a website, email, podcast, or broadcast; permission for electronic reproduction is granted on the provision that the website on which the poem is published is not a vanity publisher or a scam poetry contest which requires its “winners” to make a purchase or pay a fee before being published. You may also reproduce this poem in print material for which net profits do not exceed $1,000. Author name must be included in any reproductions, and author must be notified whenever this poem is, or parts of this poem are, used. For all other uses not mentioned here, just ask and I will most likely say yes.) 🙂